Warwick Ahsford’s report is really alarming. ‘More than six in 10 UK consumers put their data at risk by using a single password across multiple online accounts, a study has shown.’
But the worst is yet to come. They are using also weak passwords: ‘Trustwave analysed more than 625,000 password hashes and found 54% were cracked in just a couple of minutes and 92% in 31 days.’
Passwords are definitely inappropriate for authentication in the age of cyber crime. The news of the past weeks show that major players on the IT market like Twitter, Microsoft or Google developed technologies to address this problem.
The FIDO U2F standard (FIDO = Fast Identity Online Alliance, U2F = Universal second Factor) appears to be a quantum leap towards secure authentication in the world-wide web. Google has already integrated…
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